Apr 25, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]

Communication


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Chair: Gary Burns

Graduate Faculty

Gretchen Bisplinghoff, assistant professor emeritus, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Ferald J. Bryan, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Gary Burns, professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Kathryn Cady, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Randy Caspersen, assistant professor, M.F.A., Columbia College
William Cassidy, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Jeffrey Chown, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Board of Trustees Professor, emeritus, Ph.D., University of Michigan
David Gunkel, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Ph.D., DePaul University
Andrea Guzman, assistant professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Janice D. Hamlet, associate professor, Ph.D., Ohio State University
David Henningsen, professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Mary Lynn Henningsen, professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Richard Holt, professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Betty La France, professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Jimmie Manning, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Robert Miller, associate professor emeritus, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Joseph Scudder, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Ph.D., Indiana University
Mehdi Semati, professor, Ph.D.,University of Missouri-Columbia
Craig Seymour, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Kathleen S. Valde, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Laura Vazquez, Board of Trustees Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Karen Whedbee, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Kerith Woodyard, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Utah

The Department of Communication offers a graduate program leading to the M.A. degree in communication studies. This graduate program is adapted to the student’s individual needs and academic background. Each student plans a program in consultation with an adviser from the graduate faculty of the department. With the approval of the adviser, the student may elect a maximum of 12 semester hours in allied studies in other departments. If approved by the student’s supervisory committee, a maximum of 6 hours of credit may be transferred from another institution for inclusion in the student’s program of study. A maximum of 9 hours earned at Northern Illinois University as a Student-at-Large may be approved for inclusion in a student’s program.

With the adviser’s consent, the student may choose to pursue the degree with or without a thesis. The number of credits transferred from another school or taken as a student-at-large to be approved as part of the student’s program of courses will be determined by the student’s departmental advisory committee.

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